Two years ago during the winter break, utterly bored with life on the empty campus, I decided to do something productive. In search of something unrelated to my studies, I opened my phone and downloaded Duolingo. After a quick sign-up process, the app asked me to pick a language to learn. I spent so
In the last week of December 2019, a couple of friends and I visited Québec City, Canada, to commemorate the end of the semester and, of course, the year. Our itinerary consisted of a visit to the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) — which I, as someone who is more of a meme enthusiast
When I imagined the world of 2020 back in 2008, I pictured flying cars, virtual classrooms, portable libraries, and AI toasters. As I grew up, I realized that some of these fantasies were absurd. My brother told me that flying cars already existed, and they are called airplanes. When I complained th
In the late 2000s, Russian hip-hop was a marginalized genre. The Russian charts were dominated by pop artists, only sometimes featuring artists of other genres. Everything changed in 2015, when Scriptonite and Oxxxymiron entered the stage. After releasing their first full albums, the performers topp
Amidst the global pandemic and the many unprecedented complications it brings , I, a responsible member of society who is doing my part by “social distancing”, am peacefully slurping away on the last bits of my instant noodles, and scrolling through “new releases” on Netflix. As I struggle to pick o
Although Women’s History Month has just ended, the rest of 2020 still holds much in the way of female-led superhero movies. In February, Birds of Prey featured an entire team of female characters, led by popular antihero Harley Quinn. Later this year, Black Widow will finally tell the titular Avenge
Of course, I didn’t expect my life at KAIST to be as exciting and romantic as the Korean university life often portrayed in mass media — cherry blossom-colored campuses of rainbows and unicorns, exciting MTs and OTs, exhilarating freshman life, and so on. But even then, life at KAIST also isn’t so m
"Just do as much as you can. Don’t worry or stress too much,” is what my mom told me as she hugged me last at the airport four years ago. While extremely excited about seeing me fly to Korea to attend KAIST, there is no doubt that she was worried. In the first four months of 2011, four KAIST student
In 1977, a science-fiction movie called Star Wars was released in only 40 theaters in the US. Initially meant to be a small passion project of director-writer George Lucas, it soon became the highest-grossing movie in the world and spawned two sequels, along with a sizable, passionate fanbase.More t
It’s Friday night, and I walk out of the club searching for my friends. I usually know where they are, but several shots of tequila have hindered my ability to follow them. Wandering around Dunsan-dong, I get a message from one of my seniors: “COME QUICK TO GS25”. There are many convenience stores n
From the frozen pitches in Tampere, Finland to the massive old stadiums of Buenos Aires, Argentina, football leagues have special games few times every season. These are the moments when fans chant louder than usual, players cross the field at higher paces, and pressure reaches its peak. You might t
In terms of music, last year was a good one. Two songs I will hold onto dearly for years to come, “Freely” by Kwak Jin-eon, and “Bridge” by Baek A, were released within it. When “Bridge” first came out, I couldn’t help but listen to “Freely” right after. The two were reminiscent of each other. The l
I will be honest. I can’t count the number of times that I’ve joked — if you could call it that when, at best, all I got was a chuckle — about Daejeon’s motto being simply “It’s Daejeon”. It is as if that’s all they could say about the city. And, for a long time, that’s truly what I thought as well:
Celebrities, being often looked up to, have always influenced pop culture. Pop culture in Korea is a particularly interesting case. Being such a small country with a unique native language, there are far fewer people involved compared to pop culture in the West. Trends therefore spread and circulate
May is the month of family here in Korea, with Children’s Day on the fifth and Parents’ Day on the eighth. As I gave my parents a bouquet of carnations for Parents’ Day, I hoped that, one day, I will be able to confidently raise my hand and proclaim that I have no regrets.
“Americanization” originally referred to the influence of American culture on immigrants in the 1900s, who accepted and conformed to it. In the present day, the word may apply to the rest of the global population, most of whom have never even set a foot in the USA. From food, film, fashion, music, and even language being largely accepted as the means of global communication, it does not take a genius to notice how “mainstream” it is to be “Americanized”.
In the basement of the K Museum of Contemporary Art (KMCA) lies its latest exhibition stylishly titled “Museum Therapy: Dear Brain”. Relaxing your brain through audiovisual stimuli is the purported intent, advertised with colorful photo spots and meditative background music. Unfortunately, my brain did not enjoy the experience.
The Black Skirts, a Korean indie rock band with singer-songwriter Hyu-il Jo as its only member, came back on February 12 with a new album, THIRSTY. As the second part to the artist’s “love trilogy”, which aims to explore the different aspects of what one may define as love, the 12 songs focus on the “shameless and grotesque” side of affection.